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RNLI KINGHORN LIFEBOAT RESCUES MAN FROM KIRKCALDY HARBOUR

11/03/2010

A man who had fallen into the harbour at Kirkcaldy late last night was rescued from the freezing waters by
the volunteer crew of Kinghorn lifeboat.

The crew were paged about 9.40pm by Coastguard, after reports that a man had fallen into the Harbour at Kirkcaldy.

Neil Chalmers, Helmsman for the rescue, said, "We arrived round 10pm and found a man in his 30's or 40's, in the water of the main basin,
beneath the flats to the south-east end. We're not sure if he had fallen or jumped, but all concluded he was probably under the influence
of something."

"He sounded local and had been in the water for at least half an hour, before we turned up. He was showing the early signs of Hypothermia,
but luckily the tide was just coming in and he had managed to pull himself up onto a ledge which is set in the side of the harbour wall. He was
only waist deep and clinging on to the side."

"Police, Fire and Ambulance all arrived at the same time we did, however as there is fencing and gates around the harbour we decided the
best bet was to take the casualty to the steps next to the beach at the HSS hire shop and handed him over to the Ambulance crew there."

The Crew members involved in the rescue with Neil were, Luke Williams, Megan Davidson and Ian Tulloch with Brian Crow and Scott McIlravie
Shore Crew.